The Allen Group Contracts Firm To Design Wintergreen Overpass

Dallas, Texas (November 6, 2006) — The Allen Group, a major developer of office and industrial properties across the United States, has awarded Kimley-Horn & Associates the contract for the design and engineering of the Wintergreen Road Overpass in South Dallas County. The Wintergreen Road Overpass is a grade separation bridge that will span the Union Pacific Railroad’s main-line track at the north end of the UP’s new Southern Dallas Intermodal Terminal and re-establish ingress and egress to a major portion of the City of Hutchins.

The Wintergreen Road Overpass, originally funded through the efforts of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, will improve public safety, ease strain on the area’s transportation system and facilitate economic development in and around the City of Hutchins. The Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) participation rate under this contract is 51% of the total design fees for the Wintergreen Overpass project. Additionally, The Allen Group is donating $1.7 million in right of way and services towards completion of this project.

“We are proud to be able to participate in the funding and construction of this project. It further demonstrates our commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen and neighbor in South Dallas County,” said Dan McAuliffe, Vice President of The Allen Group. “Most of all, we are pleased to demonstrate our MWBE program commitment by executing a contract with very substantial minority business participation.

This Project is a result of broad community, private and public sector participation and support, led by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and other stakeholders in Dallas County, including the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Union Pacific Railroad, the cities of Hutchins and Wilmer, and The Allen Group.

“I am delighted to see work begin on this Project,” said Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. “It is something I have worked on for a very long time and I am pleased to see the project finally under development. This new bridge will help restore critical circulation patterns within our community and is part of the initial infrastructure needed for the planned industrial development which will create much needed jobs in the city of Hutchins and the surrounding communities.”

Engineering and design, the first phase of the project, is expected to be completed within eight months and construction is slated to begin immediately thereafter. The construction of the overpass will be managed by Dallas County.

The Allen Group is a commercial development firm specializing in rail-served industrial parks and build-to-suit facilities, including Class A office buildings.  In the past decade, the Company has developed commercial properties ranging in size from 35,000 square feet to 1.7 million square feet, as well as three master-planned industrial parks.  These projects include the International Trade and Transportation Center (; MidState 99 Distribution Center (; the Dallas Logistics Hub (, and recently announced a new BNSF Intermodal logistics hub in Kansas City.

The Allen Group, based in San Diego with regional offices in Visalia and Bakersfield, Calif., as well as Dallas, Texas, is trusted by Fortune 500 companies such as VF Corporation, Cox Communications, FedEx, International Paper Company, Intuit, Kraft Foods and Wal-Mart Stores.  The Company has major industrial and office projects under development in San Diego, Bakersfield, Shafter, Sacramento, Visalia (Calif.) Dallas and Kansas City.  For more information about The Allen Group, please visit